Efficient botnet herding within the Tor network

Original Paper

Abstract

During 2013 the Tor network had a massive spike in new users as a botnet started using Tor hidden services to hide its C&C (Command and Control) servers. This resulted in network congestion and reduced performance for all users. Tor hidden services are attractive to botnet herders because they provide anonymity for both the C&C servers and the bots. The aim of this paper is to present a superior way that Tor hidden services can be used for botnet C&C which minimises harm to the Tor network while retaining all security benefits.

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© Springer-Verlag France 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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